Wildlife Plentiful Now Across Chicago Area

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Photo credit Willowbrook Wildlife Center (WBBM Newsradio/Jennifer Keiper)

GLEN ELLYN (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The spring migration period for birds means you might have caught a glimpse of something colorful fluttering about.

Naturalist Stephanie Touzalin with the Willowbrook Wildlife Center recommends high feeders and native plants if you want to attract birds.  

On the ground, you might have spotted coyotes. Touzalin says there are active dens now with mothers sticking close to the young ones and fathers doing the hunting. If you encounter one, keep your distance, especially if you have a small dog, she said.

At the Willowbrook Wildlife, they take care of injured animals and try to release them back into the wild. Right now, they are caring for 70 orphaned baby squirrels.

The animals that can't be released become permanent residents. Currently, the center has a deaf fox, a bobcat and a turkey vulture, with a broken wing.